St. Benedict's, Santos Draw 2-2

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Jamaica Gleaner

No lights: Game blown off before schedule

SANTOS and St. Benedict's College of Trinidad will share the DuCasse Football Cup as the match between both teams at the Stadium yesterday afternoon had to be blown off 12 minutes from the end of play with the score 2-2.

Referee John Richards took the decision at 6.28 p.m. as the lights at the National Stadium could not be used due to an electrical breakdown since last week.

The referee said that the reason why he blew off the match before the scheduled end was that he thought the light was too poor for playing conditions, and it would endanger the players as they could not see the ball and he himself, was unable to follow play and as such was not in a proper position to control the game.

St. Benedict's opened the scoring in the eighth minute of play when outside left Dick Furlonge started a good move with outside left Leo Brewster Jnr., which ended with Furlonge capitalizing on an error by Santos' goalkeeper Esric Brown.

It was an up and down struggle for the next 20 minutes with the Trinidad schoolboy champions having the better of play and on one occasion dangerman, centre forward Wilfred Cave hit the crossbar with a hard right-looter. Cave did not stop trying and a few minutes later made it two as he let loose a powerhouse from 15-yards outside the area, which hit back the hands of Brown and trickled into the net.

Santos were not undaunted, however, and in the next minute cut down the lead as outside right David Largie lobbed one over the head of the surprised Dave Reuben in goal to make the score 2-1.

Alter this the game zigzagged again as Santos fought for the equalizer and St. Benedict's to widen their lead.

The interval was taken with the score unchanged.

On the resumption the pace of the game quickened and it was only 18 minutes from the start of the half that Santos equalized as inside right Alan Cole found the net. From a long centre by skipper and centre forward Patrick Chin, Cole lofted the ball over the head of the advancing Reuben.